by Carl Strang
Sarett Nature Center is located in northern Berrien County, Michigan. It has some high quality habitats, in particular a good sized fen and some upland forest. Glimpses of the facility’s education program that I got when I visited there last week pointed to high quality in that service, as well. Sarett’s singing insects provided a couple highlights worth sharing here.
While checking out a restored prairie and its adjacent tree line, I encountered a Forbes’s tree cricket laying eggs.
The fen was rich in sedges and other native plants.
Through the SongFinder I heard an unfamiliar insect song, a rapid tapping sound.
When I have encountered this species before, its song was overwhelmed by those of black-legged meadow katydids. Those were few in the fen. It became clear that the black-sideds were concentrated in portions of the fen that had coarse-stemmed red-osier dogwoods or broad-leaved cattails.
I left Sarett satisfied with my experience there, but a couple hours of light remained, and the day’s big highlight was still ahead…